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Refugee Nurse Specialist

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
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Refugee Nurse Specialist

  • Are you an experienced registered nurse, looking to make a difference supporting refugee resettlement in a non-clinical role?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a team, seeking innovative solutions through collaboration with multiple and varied stakeholder groups?

  • Full time opportunity, but with flexible working possible.
  • Includes occasional domestic and international travel.
  • Based at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, Auckland.

About the role.

The Refugee Nurse Specialist, Refugee Health Liaison Team is a team membership role responsible for to collaboratively implementing a new end-to-end refugee health services model which will support delivery of New Zealand's annual refugee quota. In this role, you will ensure quality and consistency of advice and practices, drawing on clinical expertise in support of coordination of refugee health management under the new refugee health services model. From July 2020, New Zealand will increase its refugee quota to 1,500 people per year – this new model and team are crucial to the delivery of the increase.

Reporting to the Refugee Health Medical officer, you will work closely with colleagues, internal and external partners. Your interest and experience in implementing new approaches and best practice models will ensure refugee health services deliver agreed outcomes and benefits over time. You will exercise your proven ability to think and act quickly and independently in a fast-paced environment to solve problems; you will be familiar with and keen to utilise innovative information technology, systems and processes.

Working with a diverse range of stakeholders you will actively share knowledge and expertise to raise awareness of refugee health matters. Through positive, proactive and clear communication you will develop effective working relationships with other managers and staff throughout Immigration New Zealand and beyond.

Skills and experience required:

We are keen to hear from you if you have:

  • Senior Nurse leadership experience, successfully working in roles such as Charge Nurse, Nurse Educator or higher;
  • Clinical registration, knowledge and skills to perform assessments of applicants' health in order to provide appropriate advice regarding coordination of health management;
  • Expert knowledge of the health sector and clinical best practices within New Zealand;
  • Quality assurance, performance and outcome monitoring;
  • Excellent administrative and time management skills;
  • Presenting to diverse stakeholder groups in a range of settings;
  • Experience engaging with team members and stakeholders, to build strong working relationships through collaboration and proactive communication; and
  • Understanding of global refugee and migrant health issues; and knowledge of refugee resettlement, including the whole-of-government New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy (NZRRS).


  • Registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • 10 years relevant work experience in New Zealand.

About the team:

The Refugee Nurse Specialist role sits in the Refugee Health Liaison Team, in the Refugee and Migrant Support Unit, within the Refugee and Migrant Services Branch (RMS) of Immigration New Zealand.

Further information on the new Refugee Health Services model can be found here, on the Refugee Quota Increase Programme webpage.

About MBIE:

The purpose of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to Grow New Zealand for All.  Our goal is to create a strong and high-performing economy by creating an environment that supports businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive.  

How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter. For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Sarah Hutcheson on quoting ref MBIE/1436980 if you have any further questions.

Please note, that due to office closure for the holiday period, emails will not be responded to after 5pm on Monday, 23rd December 2019. We will endeavour to respond to any queries as soon as possible before this date.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 23rd December 2019 with interviews expected to take place from the 13th January 2020.   

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